Anger Due To Delusions May Explain Violent Behavior In Patients With Psychosis.

In print and in its “Well” blog, the New York Times (3/11, D4, Bakalar) reports that “a new study finds that anger, coupled with psychotic delusions, may be the most significant factor in violence committed by people with mental illness.”

Medwire (3/12, Piper) reports, “Anger due to delusions appears to be a key factor explaining violent behavior in patients with acute psychosis,” according to the results of the 458-patient East London First Episode Psychosis Study published online March 6 in JAMA Psychiatry. “The population-attributable risk percentage of anger related to delusions was 30.8% for minor violence and 55.9% for serious violence, after taking into account gender, ethnicity, age, comorbid antisocial personality disorder, drug use, mania symptoms, and trait anger,” the study found.

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— “Delusions, Anger and Violence, “Nicholas Bakalar, The New York Times, March 11, 2013.

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